We continue with Guest Blogger Anne Sports, author of How Thin the Veil. Friday she told us how St. Augustine said God knew us and wholly loved each and every one of us before He began creating our universe. She continues:
So I was discussing this with Jesus. “Does this mean,” I ask, “that you knew that poor, sweet little baby who was born without a brain … and you created her anyway?
I felt He answered, “I didn’t just know her, I loved her.” Which I know is true, and I don’t mean to imply God causes defects, but I was wondering if the Trinity paused, in their passion, knowing that brokenness would produce sorrow. Again He seemed to repeat, “I loved her,” and added, “You’re asking the wrong question. I don’t see perfect or imperfect, broken or whole, good or bad, I just see: ‘mine’.”
This was stunning to me! God’s love was such that everything (and every person) He created, He sees as His very own, and He loves them for that, alone. “I just see mine.” What a tender comment! The Trinity created us out of their love, and they love what they created.
You can imagine how entertaining I found the excerpt from Michael Brown’s article about the “dangers” of “hyper-grace.” He was mocking the very point I’m endeavoring to grasp! He writes, “Really? Always? 24-7? God always loves what He sees when He looks at His people? Did Jesus love what He saw when He rebuked 5 out of 7 congregations in Asia Minor in Revelation 2-3?”
You bet He did! He knew us, He loved us, and He made us! 24-7 doesn’t even begin to tell the story. The morning of the Trinity’s knowing and the evening of their creating were all about their love (of one another, and of us). How can that be hyper? It’s boundless! Can you even exaggerate boundless?